Dominica staged the 15th World Creole Music Festival last weekend with big musical acts like Bunji Garlin and Faye-ann Lyons, Third World, Carimi, Gyptian and Jeff Joseph and Grammacks New Generation owning the stage and thrilling the crowd.
Patrons of the festival were also treated to a number of local acts and cultural performances as the various agencies charged with marketing Dominica put the country on display in an epic fashion with broadcasts on local and regional radio stations and on the internet.
A lacklustre effort by former UB40 front-man Ali Campbell on Day One of the festival, however, seemed to stir bittersweet reactions from patrons as they cheered loudly and wildly when he sang UB40 hits like ‘Red, Red Wine’ and ‘Kingston Town’, but some fans who admitted to having paid and attended solely for his act echoed boos often, relaying their utter disappointment.
Campbell further compounded matters when he snubbed the media, refusing to do any flash interviews or the post-performance press conference, claiming that his expressed rights had been violated when patrons and photographers snapped full frontal photos of him.
Strong performances from featured artists Kolo Barst, Jeff Joseph and Grammacks, compas group Harmonik and particularly WCK, who took the show to daybreak, quickly overshadowed this incident and set the stage for a successful first day of the WCMF.
Immediately following his performance lead singer of Harmonik Mac-D said of the Festival, “It was really great, I really enjoyed it. It surprised me. First it’s a cultural thing and it reminds me of [Haiti], because it’s similar to a lot of what we do there, the difference is here it’s in English. The crowd was really nice, I can’t complain. We’ll be willing to come back again next year.”
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